Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Need another monitor? Try a USB Video Card.

In 2014, I retired the below USB video card. I've replaced with the Plugable USB 3.0 to DisplayPort 4K UHD  , which runs fine at 2560x1600. 


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I use 3 monitors at work and it is awesome. My laptop only drives two monitors so for the 3rd monitor I picked up a USB video card,  the  EVGA 100-US-UV16A1 . This thing works (*). The device installs drivers automatically and works like a charm on Windows 7. It only supports upto 1600x1200.  Also, I don't play games so I can't tell you how well that works, but for reading email and viewing OneNote  I can't tell this is a USB video card.

(*) If you're not impressed this thing works, you should be. A back of the envelope bandwidth analysis:

Required Bandwidth:

= 1600pixels x 1200pixels x 24 bits per pixel x 30 frames/second
= 1.38 Gbps

Actual USB 2.0 bandwidth:
= 480Mbps

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